“It’s Time” is a phrase I used a few years ago (I don’t do New Year’s resolutions) as a reminder of what I needed to be thinking about. This year I went with “Change the game… and the rules”.
It’s time to do that.
The past few months with trips to Orlando and Dallas/Fort Worth and events likes SourceCon, Enterprise Rising, Midwest Capital Call, Midwest PHP, Dallas Startup Week, MinneBar and Hack the Gap… I’ve been a part of a couple hundred plus local, regional and national conversations on the topics of recruiting and retention from Startups to the Fortune 500.
I am going to be blunt about my main conclusion… at some point and I don’t know when many (most) people (particularly the “cool kids”, speakers and wannabe online experts) have gone bat shit crazy.
Maybe its because:
- the election cycle where everyone seems a bit nuts
- the social media hype machine many of us live/work in
- many are trying to “out do” the other person.
- the game many play with themselves about how many “likes” they can have on a photo, Tweet or post
- the pressure to produce
- the pressure to stay “cutting edge”
- their trying to make things look easy
- their trying to be “famous” or the next great keynote speaker
Recruiting is hard enough. It’s messy on the best of days without having to worry about all that stuff.
And for the record: no, job boards are not dead… no, SnapChat is not going to revolutionize the recruiting world… no, you do not have to outsource recruiting content creation… no, not every startup is a good place to work.
My challenge to you: get back to basics (also a phrase from a few years ago).
Tomorrow I am co presenting at the 2016 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute with Teresa Thompson (my wicked smart, cool and funny attorney and friend) on “Attracting and Keeping Top Talent – Keys to Recruitment, Engagement and Retention in a Tight Market”.
We are going to show a large room of attorneys how recruiters (me specifically) are recruiting and the tools being used. We are going to talk about candidate attraction and employee retention. And along the way we are going to give legal insights on how what we do the way we do it may cause a corporate or firm attorney some indigestion.
It’s going to be a very direct, non fluffy talk. And fun too. I am 50/50 if Teresa or I swear first.
Also this week I am going to announce a “save the date(s)” for this summer’s Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp. This is going to be nuts and bolts, blocking and tackling kind of recruiter training. At this event we are not going to talk about trends nor 35,000 foot level conversations about why to do something. We have enough of those events. This event is going to be a very specific “how to” on recruiting from folks who do it every day.
I am going to let the “cool kids” do their “cutting edge” thing. Meanwhile I am all about:
Back to Basics
Change the game… and the rules
On a lighter note…
I took this photo this morning at 5 am as I was taking a walk in Downtown Minneapolis:
It was a beautiful morning after an equally beautiful weekend including this Full Moon shot from Saturday night at the lake:
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